Smorgasbord Health Column – Size Matters – The Sequel #Weightloss – The Project Plan for Success

Are we ready for this? Diaries at the ready? After a few weeks of why we eat in excess…Ok…Pig Out! All of it, not our fault is it?… Sally has given us the tools and now we need to step up…Be Counted…Who are we doing this for? We are doing it for ourselves…We only have one body and it is for life …A healthy life or as healthy as we can make it and don’t forget we can also have a little of what we fancy…I do…No gimmicks Just healthy eating ….See you there …xx

Smorgasbord Blog Magazine

So far we have explored how you got to this phase in your life where you are uncomfortable with the extra weight you are carrying.  Now it is time for you to tailor make your eating programme for the next phase, which is achieving optimum health for your age. Let’s face it if like me you are 66 years old, with a wonky knee and a love of more sedate sports such as walking and swimming, throwing yourself into rock climbing, triathlons and training for the Olympics is probably not on the cards.

Having said that, it is amazing what you can do once you lose a few of those pounds and you begin to feel lighter. Suddenly more active sports do not seem so out of the question, and there is many a silver surfer who has taken to the waves rather than the Internet. A great deal of…

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Week 12…In my kitchen…Durian Chocolate…Boquerones…

Welcome to week 12 in my kitchen and it has been a reasonably quiet week in the kitchen this week as I have little Lily staying for the next 6 weeks ish I think she means until she goes back to school…Aston has gone to his Thai nannies until the end of the month he tells me… He has been busy catching Lizards for dinner…Not our dinner but his and his Thia family’s dinner…I will share the recipe when I get it…

But I will share the pictures he sent me…I hope you are not squeamish…If so scroll down quick…

At the market this week I found some lovely small fish..beautifully fresh I just couldn’t resist so although they are fiddly to bone they are worth the effort and always invoke memories of our holidays in Spain.

Ingredients: For boquerones ( as they are called in Spain) 

  • 2Ib.( 1 kilo) Anchovies or other small fish.
  • 250-500ml White Vinegar.
  • 4-5 cloves Garlic.
  • 25ml.Virgin Olive Oil.
  • 4 Sprigs Italian Parsley.
  • Salt to taste.

 

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Let’s Cook!

Remove heads. Using your thumb remove innards and spine.

Rinse. Lay flat in a glass dish and freeze for 3 hrs.(Freezing the anchovies to -20C or -4F can prevent illness from parasites found in raw fish.)

Remove from freezer pour in vinegar to cover.

Finely chop garlic add parsley. Sprinkle over fish.

Pour Olive Oil in dish and salt if required.

Cover tightly with cling film and refrigerate for 2-3 hours.

They are now ready to eat.

Enjoy!

Durian fruit is in season at the moment and yes I know it is one of those fruits that you either love or hate…It is also banned in certain places…I myself don’t mind the smell it is like other certain flower smells which get into everything and I think that is why some people don’t like it…A cloying smell…Well, I was given a bar of Durian Chocolate…

Durian chocolate bar

Although I Like Durian I am not a fan of fruits when they are made in crisps and other things so was a bit hesitant to try it…But I did and it was very nice for a bar of dark chocolate the Durian added a really creamy taste to it. I also had to make sure kit was well wrapped as the smell would have taken over the fridge …But it set me thinking that it would make a lovely chocolate mousse or brownies which will be my next experiment methinks…

This week’s Curry…Kohzhi Milagu ( Pepper Chicken Curry)

The recipe was courtesy of my friend Mamik who provides me with authentic Indonesian Recipes….. Thank you Mamik another Cracker of a recipe but a scorcher or as my son put it he gets ring burn the next morning……. But a curry we have quite often now as it is so tasty…

Ingredients:

  • 500 gm chicken, thighs or breast cut into pieces.
  • 1 chopped Onion.
  • 1 cup chopped Tomatoes.
  • 2cm cinnamon stick.
  • 2tbsp ginger garlic paste..can use store bought, I just blitz tbsp garlic and tbsp ginger to paste.
  • 1/2 tbsp ground chilli…You may want to adjust the amount.
  • 1tbsp ground coriander.
  • 1 tbsp ground white pepper.
  • 1 tbsp Fennel Seeds.
  • 1 sprig Curry leaves.
  • Salt to season.

Let’s Cook!

Heat the tbsp oil in a wok and saute onion.

Add garlic and ginger paste mix well and cook 30 seconds. Add dry spices and stir to release the aroma. Add chopped tomato, stir and add chicken…….N.B. if too dry add some water.

Add salt and curry leaves.

Cook on low heat until chicken cooked if using thighs then these will take slightly longer.

Kozhi Milagu (Pepper Chicken Curry)

Serve with steamed rice and Raita and some homemade nan or flatbread.

For Raita I grate or chop finely a small cucumber, put in clean t/towel and squeeze out excess liquid…I was surprised at how much liquid there actually was.

Add to 8oz Natural yoghurt and a large handful of chopped mint and mix together. Serve chilled.

If you like you can add 1/2-1 finely chopped green chilli.

Warning: This is one hot mama of a curry.

Desserts are something which I don’t make very often but the hubby likes one now and again so to compensate for when I have made one to many curries or spicy Thai Stirfries I make him a pudding… This treacle Tart is one of his favourites…

Ingredients:

For pastry:

  • 225 gm Plain Flour.
  • 115 gm butter.
  • 55 gm Sugar.
  • 1 egg yolk.
  • Chilled water to mix.

For Filling:

  • 450 gm  Golden Syrup.
  • 85 gm Breadcrumbs.
  • Pinch ground ginger( optional)
  • Zest of 1 lemon plus 2 tbsp juice.

Let’s Bake!

Sift flour into a bowl and rub in butter to resemble fine breadcrumbs. Stir in sugar. Add egg yolk and chilled water a tbsp at a time until mixture comes together to form a ball. Wrap in cling film and chill 20/30 mins in the fridge.

Gently roll out pastry and line 9 inch tin or dish, lightly prick bottom of pastry with a fork, line with baking parchment and baking beans. Put in preheated oven 180 degrees/gas 6 and bake 15 mins remove baking parchment and beans and bake for further 5 minutes. Remove from oven and set aside.

Make the filling by gently warming syrup in a saucepan with fresh breadcrumbs, ginger, lemon zest and juice. When mixed together pour into baked case .NB. The mixture should be fairly thick consistency but pourable …..if required add more breadcrumbs.

Put into oven at 190 degrees and bake for further 25 minutes.

A slice of treacle Tart with custard

Serve with cream or hot custard.

Enjoy!

Thank you for joining me this week in my kitchen…xxx

About Carol Taylor:

Enjoying life in The Land Of Smiles I am having so much fun researching, finding new, authentic recipes both Thai and International to share with you. New recipes gleaned from those who I have met on my travels or are just passing through and stopped for a while. I hope you enjoy them.

I love shopping at the local markets, finding fresh, natural ingredients, new strange fruits and vegetable ones I have never seen or cooked with. I am generally the only European person and attract much attention and I love to try what I am offered and when I smile and say Aroy or Saab as it is here in the north I am met with much smiling.

Some of my recipes may not be in line with traditional ingredients and methods of cooking but are recipes I know and have become to love and maybe if you dare to try you will too. You will always get more than just a recipe from me as I love to research and find out what other properties the ingredients I use contain to improve our health and wellbeing.

The environment is also something I am passionate about and there will be more on this on my blog this year

Exciting for me hence the title of my blog, Retired No One Told Me! I am having a wonderful ride and don’t want to get off, so if you wish to follow me on my adventures, then I bid you welcome! I hope you enjoy the ride also and if it encourages you to take a step into the unknown or untried, you know you want to…….Then, I will be happy!

Carol is a contributor to the Phuket Island Writers Anthology: https://www.amazon.com/Phuket-Island-Writers-Anthology-Stories-ebook/dp/B00RU5IYNS

Connect to Carol

Blog: https://carolcooks2.com/
Twitterhttps://twitter.com/TheRealCarolT
Facebookhttps://www.facebook.com/carol.taylor.1422

Pinterest: https://www.pinterest.com/caroltaylor56/pins/

MeWe is a new social media and one which many of us are turning to mainly migrating over to as FB has banned many of my friends and for what seems no good reason that we can see I hope you will join us there.

MeWe: mewe.com/i/caroltaylor3

Thank you once again for reading this post I hope you all having a great weekend xx

Waste Not! Want Not! Week 16…Rice Husk…Wild Life Crossings…

I am really heartened by the initiatives which I am discovering that are happening from all around the world…Your comments are also a revelation when I hear from you guys what is going on in your neck of the woods all good stuff…How you are reducing the carbon footprints and coming up with ideas to cut waste and protect the environment.

green foot prints eco system

But we mustn’t get complacent there are some great things being actioned around the world but also some unsavoury practises still happening…

My Intrepid reporter ( Tori)has been hard at work finding new initiatives to send me… this one is called ecoware …Thank you, Tori…… Please pop over and say hello to Tori she is recovering from surgery and I am sure she would love to hear from you…Get well soon, Tori xx

Rice field- harvest time- small child-grandmother

Lily helping nanny in the rice field

Ecoware is a UK initiative using rice husks…Ecolunchware was created by Matt Vincent and Emma Swain in 2017. We set Ecolunchware up after realising how easily we have been part of the problem with damaging our environment in the products we use in our daily living. We had been making an effort by using reusable coffee cups but realised that although this was much better than single-use the materials were generally non-biodegradable and therefore would eventually end up in a landfill site or in the ocean as the recycling was difficult at the end of its life-cycle. We came across rice husk and wheat straw as materials and have loved that they are not only durable but biodegrade so have since sought to get these materials more widely used.

Here in Thailand… Rice husk is traditionally used as an energy source through direct combustion in the large rice mills, or as fuel in the production of charcoal from wood  Nowadays, rice husk can be used as fuel to generate electricity that is a 1 MW of electricity using 9,800 ton of rice husks.

It is lovely to discover the many uses that a by-product or what used to be classed as a waste product put to good use…

I came across this and I think it is a wonderful idea…Wild Life Crossings… they are popping up all over the world…

Another great idea is kids helping to build bridges…Which I think is great as we need to encourage kids to help save the ecosystem and wildlife and who better to take ideas forward?

https://www.kidssavingtherainforest.org/wildlife-bridge-program.html

Today let’s relook at waste in our own homes…How can we reduce waste?

  1. Do you know your local rules on recycling? Some areas are great and others not so great but if we know our local rules and have suggestions to improve local recycling I am sure they will be all ears as it is such a hot topic now…Visit your local council or municipalities website it will all be there…It may surprise you in a good way…
  2. Say no to plastic bags and use reusable ones even here when I take my own bags I get extra brownie points at the till and the home of plastic…haha…I no longer get that look when I refuse a plastic bag Thailand is really getting on board with plastic reduction and some places have changed their bags to recyclable plastic bags
  3. Look at how you store your food save empty glass jars and use for storage and ditch the plastic containers…Serve your food in jars…so fashionable now…But ideal to take to work…yoghurt and oats glass-617387_640
  4. Plan your meals …It works even I got told off last week by my Thai daughter in law for buying too much when I go to market…It gave me wake up call as I do see so much lovely fresh veg I go overboard sometimes…
  5. Composting...your plants and vegetable will love you particularly if you grow some in pots they need nutrients more…fresh compost green waste
  6. Repair or remodel instead of throwing away clothes…That is one thing which Thais are good at and they also have stalls on markets for your unwanted clothes and they get packed it is like a coffee morning or a morning out very social…With clothes being passed around …Seriously though clothes, if sent to landfill, do not compost very quickly …This list is scary…
  7. Mail…Do you get a lot of unwanted mail? Check subscription lists and unsubscribe…Save trees… More importantly, if your letterbox can take that much mail could someone get an arm through and access your home? letterbox filled with mail

Image by bluebudgie from Pixabay

8. Stop buying plastic water bottles buy glass or buy ones using reusable/recyclable plastic and treat yourself to your own reusable coffee cup …Coffee shops here are used to people taking their own …it is trendy and you get some great ones… to help you negotiate the maze of what is what and understand the symbols this older post of mine will help…  https://carolcooks2.com/2018/02/15/plastic-are-you-confused/

9. What is your favourite recycling tip for the home????

Thank you once again for reading and please share your recycling tips or discoveries with us we would love to hear them…xxx

About Carol Taylor:

Enjoying life in The Land Of Smiles I am having so much fun researching, finding new, authentic recipes both Thai and International to share with you. New recipes gleaned from those who I have met on my travels or are just passing through and stopped for a while. I hope you enjoy them.

I love shopping at the local markets, finding fresh, natural ingredients, new strange fruits and vegetable ones I have never seen or cooked with. I am generally the only European person and attract much attention and I love to try what I am offered and when I smile and say Aroy or Saab as it is here in the north I am met with much smiling.

Some of my recipes may not be in line with traditional ingredients and methods of cooking but are recipes I know and have become to love and maybe if you dare to try you will too. You will always get more than just a recipe from me as I love to research and find out what other properties the ingredients I use contain to improve our health and wellbeing.

The environment is also something I am passionate about and there will be more on this on my blog this year

Exciting for me hence the title of my blog, Retired No One Told Me! I am having a wonderful ride and don’t want to get off, so if you wish to follow me on my adventures, then I bid you welcome! I hope you enjoy the ride also and if it encourages you to take a step into the unknown or untried, you know you want to…….Then, I will be happy!

Carol is a contributor to the Phuket Island Writers Anthology: https://www.amazon.com/Phuket-Island-Writers-Anthology-Stories-ebook/dp/B00RU5IYNS

Connect to Carol

Blog: https://carolcooks2.com/
Twitterhttps://twitter.com/TheRealCarolT
Facebookhttps://www.facebook.com/carol.taylor.1422

Pinterest: https://www.pinterest.com/caroltaylor56/pins/

MeWe is a new social media and one which many of us are turning to mainly migrating over to as FB has banned many of my friends and for what seems no good reason that we can see I hope you will join us there.

MeWe: mewe.com/i/caroltaylor3

Thank you once again for reading this post I hope you all having a great weekend xx

Smorgasbord Health Column – Cook from Scratch with Sally Cronin and Carol Taylor to prevent nutrient deficiency – Vitamin B2 -Riboflavin

I am loving this new series I hope you are as well… Lots of lovely new recipes and Health advice on how to get the most from the food you eat for a healthy body…Enjoy!

Smorgasbord Blog Magazine

In this series we look at cooking and your diet from a different perspective. Usually we emphasize the health benefits of food and how they can be incorporated into your diet. But, what happens if you do NOT include them in your diet.

We wanted to share with you what happens if your body is deprived of individual nutrients over an extended period of time.

Thankfully most of us eat reasonably well, with plenty of variety, but if you take a look at a week’s worth of meals, do you find that you are sticking to a handful of foods, all the time.

Variety is key to good health, to provide your body with as broad a spectrum of nutrients as possible that the body needs. Taking a supplement or relying on shakes and bars to provide your daily allowance of vitamins and nutrients is not in your body’s best…

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Healthy Eating… No More Diets…

Welcome to this week’s Healthy Eating…

How has your week been? Good or bad? Mine has gone well…I will get this over with my first sourdough loaf is cooked, eaten and was divine…I was so chuffed at the lovely comments I received…Of course, I had to sample it in the name of quality control and with proper butter as well…haha…

It was lovely I thoroughly enjoyed it…No guilt…Just pure enjoyment…It was healthy( wholemeal) grass-fed butter and my home baked bread …I savoured every mouthful…

Hubby ate the rest either a sandwich or toasted…

Sourdough Wholemeal loaf

The rest of the week has been just normal healthy eating and walking which has increased due to 2 factors one is that our granddaughter is staying with us for 8 weeks( school ) holiday and two my smartwatch is keeping tabs on my steps…The daily recommended guidelines are 10,000 steps which sounds a lot but doable…

As you know I advocate eating healthy balanced meals I don’t believe in cutting out food groups like meat, most fruits or pasta/rice/potatoes…I do believe we should avoid or eat little highly processed foods, food with added sugars, we should choose good quality cooking oils, avoid excessive intake of high mercury fish like tuna…Alcohol enjoy just not in excess. 

For me, that is easy to follow and coupled with the 16/8 intermittent fasting and exercise I am seeing results.

That hasn’t always been the case...At this moment I am the lightest I have been for a good few years …I have also accepted I will never be the weight I was when I married… More fat on a chip my husband used to say…haha

Life happened, I got married, I had kids… I ate what they didn’t, I worked and shopped in my lunch hour and while queuing to pay eyed the strategically placed sweets by the till ( those stores) know how to tempt one don’t they? The mums and friends who mean well…Just have one…That won’t hurt…

box four doughnuts iced

I feel your pain I know what you have been through or going through so does my friend Sally…Who is a Certified Nutritionist and knows the pitfalls and curve balls life throws at us …Both of us have struggled with weight at times during our lives …

It ain’t easy and while I may make it appear to be …I have eaten my share of what I shouldn’t and moderation did not come into it…I am now older and wiser…haha…Believe what you will…But I have realised I need to cherish this body as it is the one and only one I have or will have…Better late than never…

How to manage people…The well-meaning ones of course…

And remember…Losing weight is not a sprint, it is a marathon and your mental and emotional attitude towards the project is a key factor in your successful weight loss.

Sally’s posts are both informative with a little humour and she will tell you it is not easy she knows but I will let her tell you her story…

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2019/03/16/smorgasbord-health-column-size-matters-the-sequel-before-you-get-started-managing-people-environment/

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Stuck for Recipes? Need some inspiration?…

Honey…Nectar of the Gods and so good for us…Sally will tell you the why and I will provide the recipes…Enjoy!

 

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2019/03/13/smorgasbord-health-rewind-cook-from-scratch-with-sally-cronin-and-carol-taylor-honey-nectar-of-the-gods/

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Diets come and go...Faddy things aren’t they? Mostly a flash in the pan and not sustainable…A new one has arisen…A hybrid of the Paleo diet and the Vegan diet…All the good bits…The Pegan Diet…

I know it just had to happen, didn’t it?

The basics of the Pegan Diet…3/4 vegetables and 1/4 meat/fish @ each meal, the meat/fish from good quality sources…( no hormones and antibiotics)…It focuses on eating more fibre and low glycemic index fruits, eliminating sugar, dairy unless it comes from ( goat/sheep) products eating little or no highly processed foods thus avoiding foods produced using chemicals and pesticides…eliminating legumes except for lentils…

Great in theory and first glance and sounds similar to what I believe in however it is quite restrictive and would need some planning and the bottom line is we need a Healthy Balanced Diet…No eliminating essential foods… It seems to me that the people who market and promote all these diets think they have to come up with something new all of the time and I suppose celebrity endorsements don’t help that trend…

Frankly just because a celebrity endorses a product doesn’t mean it works…No one size fits all, no one’s lifestyle is the same as Fred’s next door we are all individuals with different needs, Stress levels, family commitments, work commitments so much factors into the equation…

Healthy Eating is a lifestyle choice and takes time to adjust…You will have blips or bad days/weeks but it is how you deal with it…

We just need to eat sensible, normal healthy foods and a balanced diet…Most of the time.

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Smartwatch Corner.

Smart phone and watch

I am still impressed with my new toy…I will say it keeps me focused…

So far I use the step counter…It does have other functions like running and workouts but I enjoy walking …The recommended daily steps are 10,000 which is doable…..Last Thursday I achieved 14,000 plus steps in one day…I was out and about doing kids things and shopping so although tired it was a revelation as to how many steps I did do that day…An average day for me is 6-7000 I am working on getting to 10,000 more often…

The other function I love is the sleep function...

lady sleeping

It shows 3 levels, Deep sleep, light sleep and Rem sleep plus gives you the normal range and tells you where you are in that either normal, high or low. Plus it gives your overall hours of sleep, how many times you woke up with an explanation of your total hours of sleep and how long you were in the stages and what happens to your body while you are in each stage of sleep…

It also offers an explanation as to what causes any changes and how you can remedy it with links to other sites for further info.

I am finding this really interesting as I am gradually seeing a pattern forming and am realising which factors are influencing my sleep for example what I am doing prior to sleep or what I have been drinking as I don’t eat after 8pm.

It also tells me my heart rate …An explanation can also be found on heart rates.

What I do find amusing is the little green man who buzzes and waves at me when I have been inactive for a while…

It also has other functions which I don’t use yet or may not as I purchased this mainly to keep a little eye on my health. Which while it may not be exactly spot on but accurate as these can be but as the watch is on your pulse give or take a few beats it is accurate enough for me…

Thank you for reading and please tell me in comments your thoughts if you have a smartwatch…x

About Carol Taylor:

Enjoying life in The Land Of Smiles I am having so much fun researching, finding new, authentic recipes both Thai and International to share with you. New recipes gleaned from those who I have met on my travels or are just passing through and stopped for a while. I hope you enjoy them.

I love shopping at the local markets, finding fresh, natural ingredients, new strange fruits and vegetable ones I have never seen or cooked with. I am generally the only European person and attract much attention and I love to try what I am offered and when I smile and say Aroy or Saab as it is here in the north I am met with much smiling.

Some of my recipes may not be in line with traditional ingredients and methods of cooking but are recipes I know and have become to love and maybe if you dare to try you will too. You will always get more than just a recipe from me as I love to research and find out what other properties the ingredients I use contain to improve our health and wellbeing.

The environment is also something I am passionate about and there will be more on this on my blog this year

Exciting for me hence the title of my blog, Retired No One Told Me! I am having a wonderful ride and don’t want to get off, so if you wish to follow me on my adventures, then welcome! I hope you enjoy the ride also and if it encourages you to take a step into the unknown or untried, you know you want to…….Then, I will be happy!

More and more of my blogging friends have joined me on MeWe…A social media site which is fairly new and which promises much without the restrictions some other social media sites are choosing to impose on many of us…Join me if you will on  mewe.com/i/caroltaylor3 

 

Carol is a contributor to the Phuket Island Writers Anthology: https://www.amazon.com/Phuket-Island-Writers-Anthology-Stories-ebook/dp/B00RU5IYNS

Connect to Carol

Blog: https://carolcooks2.com/
Twitterhttps://twitter.com/TheRealCarolT
Facebookhttps://www.facebook.com/carol.taylor.1422

Pinterest: https://www.pinterest.com/caroltaylor56/pins/

Thank you once again for reading this post I hope you all have a great week xx

Smorgasbord Blog Magazine – The Weekly Round Up – Social Media Shenanigans, Spring Flowers, Mexican Getaways, Italian Food, music, humour and Fabulous Guests

Another fun-filled, fact-filled week from Sally including recipes, health tips, book reviews, beautiful spring flowers and of course a few funnies all of which FB in their infinite wisdom deem to contravene Community Guidelines…Pleeeese…Sally is the kindest most giving person I have had the pleasure to meet unlike all these trolls aka oil rig workers and the like …But FB chooses to pick on easy targets well if we all leave FB I wonder what their figures and stats will look like…

Smorgasbord Blog Magazine

Welcome to the weekly round up of posts that you might have missed.

Firstly, an update on the Facebook debacle which only gets worse I am afraid. I know that several of you have been hit by blocked posts that contain links and are still having issues. I can comment, and share posts internally on Facebook but post links are still being blocked.

Disturbingly today that included the link to Debby Gies Sunday Interview which I sent to her in a Direct Message… supposedly private! It was blocked and in bold red told me that it did not meet community standards. I have appealed of course but it does have a warning for us all. Do not disclose private information in a direct message. For example if as they say Facebook is selling our data to health insurance companies, and we mention in a private message about a health…

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Smorgasbord Blog Magazine – The Sunday Interview – Getting to Know author D.G. Kaye

Leopard skin, holidays, writing and the hate of the vacuum…It could be me…But it is my friend Debs…Enjoy her interview and discover what more the lady has to share 🙂

Smorgasbord Blog Magazine

You might think that as popular and D.G. Kaye (Debby Gies) is in our community that there was little more to find out about her… I beg to differ as you will find out.

First the official biography….

I’m a Canadian author, and I write my books under the pen name of D.G. Kaye. Welcome to my page and thanks for taking the time to visit!

You have landed here on my author website, which is also the place I love to blog about random occurrences and events about life. I also like to post articles about writing that I find informative and helpful for other writers, as well as share reviews on books I’ve read. Sharing is caring!

I’m a nonfiction memoir writer who writes about life, matters of the heart and women’s issues. My intent is to inspire others by sharing my stories about events I encountered, and…

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